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Pixar in a box: New on Khan Academy

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This week Khan Academy launched a new project that will absolutely engage your math, science and media teachers, and young filmmakers as well. Pixar In A Box is an new online curriculum that analyzes how the studio fuses art, tech, science, engineering, and math to develop top-shelf animated cinema. Created with middle and high school […]

Old Maps on new devices

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Teachers and lovers of history and geography are going to love this new app. Old Maps, available for iPhone, iPad or any Android device through Google Play, allows mobile access to more than 250,000 high resolution, historical maps from the 15th to the 20th century, from across the world.  Only a few years ago, we […]

Interactive presentations: a round-up

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Sometimes it’s just hard to know. When you look at the faces around you, in your audience or your classroom, or increasingly, in remote spaces with folks you cannot see,  you just don’t really know if anyone is with you. What do they understand? What are the issues? If they are on their devices, are […]

Celebrating edcamp, libcamp, unconference

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For me, it’s been an unconferency kinda week–a celebration of the informal, participant-driven learning experiences that have made huge impact on professional learning culture. 1. On Monday, I was honored to be invited to attend a little 5th birthday party featuring an extraordinary present.  The EdCamp Foundation announced the gift of a $2 million dollar, no strings […]

DAQRI for your science teachers: Elements 4D and Human Body Anatomy 4D

(Video by David Petro) As you get ready to reconnect with your favorite science teachers this fall, you’ll want to share two fabulous apps by the augmented reality developer DAQRI. Elements 4D This is a different kind of block play likely to engage new fans of chemistry. Using either paper or wood six-sided blocks inscribed […]

Nepris: matchmaker for STEAM learning

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Nepris is a social community devoted to a particular type of matchmaking–to connecting teachers and students with a global database network of industry professionals and experts.  It could also be a secret weapon for teacher librarians as we think of a broader notion of collection for a global, walls-free landscape. Winner of a 2015 REVERE […]

It’s explosive: Brit’s Biggest Bangs

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No mess.  No danger.  No smelly fumes. BBC Brit’s Biggest Bangs is a fun, interactive video experience that allows users to channel their inner mad scientists, mixing dangerous chemicals with sometimes explosive results without a proper laboratory. The secret behind the interactivity is a central choose-your-own-adventure video around which annotations lead to separate videos that […]

Simplifying production, with a one-button lab

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This week I attended the PA Forward Information Literacy Summit, where I connected with school and academic librarians and discussed evolving visions of literacy. (More on that coming!) At the Pattee Library,  I was treated to a tour of the Knowledge Commons by Associate Librarian Joe Fennewald.  Joe showed several of us around a variety […]

Kindoma: a shared reading experience

I love the idea of expanding the reading experience–of making it a special, social, connected experience even when the kids we love are not in our laps. Parents, grandparents and read-aloud buddies of all flavors, will want to take a look at Kindoma. Available for iPhone and iPad, the free app allows two users to […]